Light, very buttery. Does not make a large batch, but are simple enough to make many batches. Recipe does not double well.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

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  • Blend all ingredients well. Dough will be stiff.

  • Press into a 9 x 9 inch buttered dish. Prick top with a fork.

  • Bake until pale golden brown on the edges. Cool and cut into squares.

Nutrition Facts

180.1 calories; protein 1.7g 4% DV; carbohydrates 17.5g 6% DV; fat 11.7g 18% DV; cholesterol 30.5mg 10% DV; sodium 82mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2006
If you WEIGH 2oz sugar, 4oz butter and 6oz flour for a round pan this is PERFECT. Simple and AUTHENTIC recipe - trust me the generations of home shortbread makers in Scotland will tell you the same thing! Thank you for this great recipe. (Use your hands and mix then plop into pan and press in, prick with fork, cook on 300 degrees for thirty minutes and when it starts to BROWN slightl it will be ready. Cut when still cooling and sprinkle sugar on top). PERFECT. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
04/06/2006
These had good flavor but they were so crumbly they had to be eaten with a spoon. Also too thick when cooked in a 9x9 pan. Shortbread should be crispy not crumbly. Read More
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294 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 210
  • 4 star values: 66
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2006
If you WEIGH 2oz sugar, 4oz butter and 6oz flour for a round pan this is PERFECT. Simple and AUTHENTIC recipe - trust me the generations of home shortbread makers in Scotland will tell you the same thing! Thank you for this great recipe. (Use your hands and mix then plop into pan and press in, prick with fork, cook on 300 degrees for thirty minutes and when it starts to BROWN slightl it will be ready. Cut when still cooling and sprinkle sugar on top). PERFECT. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2010
This shortbread recipe has made me famous around the neighborhood. The best part of this recipe is that it is a quick and easy make with ingredients I usually have around the house that is super delicious. One tip I learned from a French chef that makes this recipe even better than it already is: when adding the butter to the flour and sugar, it helps if you chill the butter first and then cut it up into small cubes (I cut the butter in half lengthwise twice and just chop from there). Then, with your fingertips, knead the butter into the flour and sugar. The idea here is not to end up with dough but rather crumbs. If you start to end up with dough, you should put the dough in the refrigerator a while to let it cool down. After you end up with crumbs, you should let it sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour before baking (half the time I skip this step though). Additionally, as someone else has already said, wait to cut the shortbread until it's cooled because it comes out of the oven very soft and will crumble if you cut it just after it comes out of the oven. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2006
Oh My God...these are wonderful. I baked them a little longer(until top had just a hint of color). They were perfect...crispy with softer centers. Do not cut until completely cold then they won't crumble. Excellent! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I made these before going to a campout along with another type of cookie I made oft times before. I look for easy inexpensive recipes because I like to share and don't have much money or time. These Scottish cookies are absolutely wonderful. Very easy to make. Crumbly but not too bad in that area. And though the texture was a bit of a surprise it added to the overall effect. They taste great without any embellishments and are very filling. They were a HUGE hit at the campout and I have people requesting more for next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/03/2008
The recipe is good and easy. I baked these for my British neighbors with rave reviews. The helpful advice I followed from the reviewers: I baked these at 300 degrees for 30 min, I mixed the ingredients by hand, sprinkled w/sugar after baking and cut once they had cooled a bit. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
This was excellent! Tasted like traditional Walker's Scottish shortbread. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/06/2007
Absolutely yummy. I really have to let it go cold before you cut it up. Or it will crumble. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I have tried soooooo many shortbread recipes and finally found a keeper here! This is not only simple but buttery and delicious!!! Melt in your mouth texture. Thanks!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2007
This is an excellent recipe. Taste even better than the Walker shortbread that you buy in the store. You can make it crunchier by adding a teaspoon of corn starch. Very easy to make. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
04/06/2006
These had good flavor but they were so crumbly they had to be eaten with a spoon. Also too thick when cooked in a 9x9 pan. Shortbread should be crispy not crumbly. Read More
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